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April 04, 2014

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

Sunshine Bass

Captain Tom's 9-pound Sunshine Bass caught on a Rip Roller Top-water Plug

April's Events

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Come join us at Mosquito Creek Outdoors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Mosquito Creek's Spring Fishing Event and Boat Show. The event features BYOB, (bring your our boat), if it floats, bring it! Anglers who display their boats will be entered to win Mosquito creek gift certificates and prizes. The event also features two Hook kids on Fishing Programs where 200 kids will receive a new fishing rod after completing the seminar and volunteers are needed for Hook Kids on Fishing Program held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mosquito Creek Outdoors,
170 South Washington Ave., Apopka, Florida 32703.

Anglers for Conservation's 3rd Annual Veteran's Fishing Day starts at 9 a.m. at Pelican Park Clubhouse, 1525 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937. The event is free for military veterans; the cost is 50.00 donation to Anglers for Conservation for all others wishing to attend. For registration information please email dennis@anglersforconservation.org or call Dennis at (321) 412-7224

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Volunteers needed for Hook Kids on Fishing Program held in conjunction with the Kids Fishing Xtravaganza at Lake X in support of the Osceola Sheriff's Youth Adventure Camp.

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 ~ 5th Annual Coastal Angler Magazine Boating & Fishing Expo at Boaters Exchange in Rockledge, Florida. The event features a Boat Show, Flea Market, Featured Speakers, Artists and Crafts, Demos, Door Prizes, Boater Education, Kid Zone, Music & Much More. For more details contact Nick Raguso, Boaters Exchange - Marketing Specialist
(321)638-0090 o (321)638-0230 f

This Week's Fishing Report

My fishing adventures these past few weeks have ranged from very good to very challenging, which is par fro the course during the windy days of late March and early April. Although Spring is often partnered with windy and cloudy conditions it's still a great time of year to fish, especially with the cleaner water, cooler temperatures and spawning fish.

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Turner's Sea Trout caught on a DOA Paddle Tail Jig

Another great thing about Spring is spending days on the water with families enjoying spring break together, like father and son team Ramsey and Turner. Both were very accomplished anglers from Winter Park who talked me into fishing in 25 knot winds from the northwest. They really didn't care about the conditions, they just wanted to fish, so we did and I very much enjoyed our day on the water together. Although it was extreme conditions, I found a protected shoreline and they caught some respectable sea trout on DOA CAL Paddle Tails.

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Ed's Respectable Redfish

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Dino's Hefty Sea Trout

On another windy and cloudy day I had the pleasure of fishing with Ed and Dino and although the conditions were challenging we found several schools of redfish and ended the day with 7 redfish and 3 very nice sea trout.

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Gene's first Redfish

On the very next day I had the pleasure of fishing with Joanne and Gene Loch from Orlando who had never caught a redfish. As planned we hit both of the same locations where we caught redfish the day before, but both schools of redfish had moved on and we we only manager to get Gene his very first redfish.

Largemouth Bass

Steve Chapman with a St Johns River Bass caught on a Sebile Innovative Fishing Splasher Top-water Plug

My next adventure was to the St Johns River with my good friend Steve Chapman and we experienced an extremely gorgeous and fishfull day (see video below). We launched in the darkness of a star filled sky and watched the day grow light on slick calm waters. Beside the beautiful morning, we sat in one spot and caught over 100 bass between us before I finished my jumbo cup of 7-11 coffee. We caught bass on High Roller and Sebile top-water plugs and DOA CAL Paddle Tails and jerk baits and we were loading the boat by 9 a.m.

Largemouth Bass

Captain Tom's Spring Largemouth caught on a High Roller Top-water Plug

I don't know about you, but that's a great way to enjoy Spring, so get out and enjoy it for yourself before the heat of summer arrives.

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Fishing Forecast

April, 2014

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

Redfish

Whitney's IRL Redfish

April's Events

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Come join us at Mosquito Creek Outdoors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Mosquito Creek's Spring Fishing Event and Boat Show. The event features BYOB, (bring your our boat), if it floats, bring it! Anglers who display their boats will be entered to win Mosquito creek gift certificates and prizes. The event also features two Hook kids on Fishing Programs where 200 kids will receive a new fishing rod after completing the seminar and volunteers are needed for Hook Kids on Fishing Program held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mosquito Creek Outdoors,170 South Washington Ave., Apopka, Florida 32703.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Volunteers needed for Hook Kids on Fishing Program held in conjunction with the Kids Fishing Xtravaganza at Lake X in support of the Osceola Sheriff's Youth Adventure Camp.

April's Fishing Outlook

Reflecting back on my past fishing forecast for April, I can't help but get excited about the many different angling prospects spring delivers to the Indian River Coast of Florida. I'm grateful for the opportunity to live, breath, and fish on these waters, and if March has been a prelude to what we can expect in April, set the hook!

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Mark Blyth's Spring Cobia

Some highlights for fishing on Florida's east central coast during the spring are: the weather is still cool and enjoyable, the waters warming up and the fish begin to shift into their pre-spawning feeding mood. Some examples of this behavior are the cobia moving north up the Atlantic coast, and the spotted sea trout transitioning into their traditional spawning areas on the inshore flats. Like many saltwater species, the cobia and sea trout spawn in aggregations or groups, not on beds. In the case of the cobia their traditional spawning areas are off of the central east coast of the US, and in the northern Gulf of Mexico. As the fish migrate north, they burn energy and feed heavily along the way, hence the cobia run we experience each spring.

On the flats, the smaller male sea trout move up into the shallows first, and then call the females in to spawn by drumming loudly just after dusk when the conditions are right, usually on the first new moon or full moon in April, and then again on the new and full moons throughout the summer. This year our water temperatures offshore are still cold, so the cobia run has yet to materialize, so expect a quick flush of brown clowns once the conditions are right.

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Alex and Blaine Compare Kingfish

As we move in near-shore, tripletail should become more dependable, and look for late season cobia as well. The cobia run thus far has been slow; with bait pods (Atlantic menhaden or pogies) arriving late this year. As the bait pod move in, look for Spanish mackerel, bluefish, redfish, giant jack crevalle, sharks, and smoker kings. Concentrate your efforts in areas of bait pods. When you see areas of bait balled up and pushed to the surface, there is a high probability that feeding gamefish are pressuring the bait from below.

In the inlets, look for good numbers of flounder, sheepshead and black drum around structure such as jetties and docks, and Spanish mackerel, blues, and large jacks in open water. Also look for the nighttime snook and tarpon action to heat up in the Sebastian Inlet.

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Bob Reed's Hefty Sea Trout

On the lagoon flats, fish the early morning and late evening with your favorite top water plugs for extreme trout and redfish action, and soft plastics and jigs in deeper water, 2 to 3 feet after the midday sun settles in. Remember, April is one of the months when larger sea trout are egg laden for the spawn, so it's very important to handle and release the larger females with great care. If you are looking for snook and tarpon action inside, the Sebastian River will be the place to go.

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Paul Towne's St John's River Largemouths

Last but not least, freshwater largemouth and striped bass action has been and will remain hot on the St Johns River. Look for schooling bass at first light feeding on pilchards from the Osteen Bridge to Lake Harney. My favorite locations are in the river bends near the power lines at Lemmon Bluff and at confluences of Lake Harney and the river. A good way to locate these schooling fish is to look for white pelicans and other wading birds congregating along the shore. When in the feeding mode, these fish will take most swim plugs, and small live shiners. Also, as the river rises and the velocity increases, the larger spawning blue and channel catfish (freshwater cobia) move out of the big lakes into the river to spawn.

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Mike Murray with a big St. Johns River Catfish

All in all, there's some great spring catching in Central Florida, so don't miss the boat and let's go fishing.


Captain Tom Van Horn